Kingdom Living

Our vision

At Trinity, our passion is to see people embrace the call to live like the Kingdom is near. But what does that actually mean for us? How do we grapple with the now-and-not-yet tension; partially experiencing Kingdom life through our relationship with God but still waiting for it to come in all its fullness?

Although there are many things we don’t know about the nature of God’s Kingdom, the Bible doesn’t leave us in the dark: the Beatitudes, found in Matthew 5, describe the key blessings and promises of the Kingdom and the character of those who live in it. So we know that Kingdom life involves humility, dependence on God’s comfort, gentleness, hunger for the right ways of God, mercy towards others, purity in deeds and motives, a passion for peace and a willingness to face opposition, even persecution, for his sake.

Therefore we want those Kingdom values to permeate every area of our lives, affecting how we live and work each day, how we learn more of God and how we lead his people in being a light to the world. As an evangelical theological college we’re preparing people for ordained ministry in the CofE, church leadership in other denominations, local and international mission work and the gaining of theological knowledge to take back into the workplaces, homes and communities of our nation, and it’s our aim that people would be equipped to live like the Kingdom is near in all of those different callings.

Of course we don’t always get it right and in studying here you won’t be joining a perfect community. But you will be joining a passionate community, looking to God every day to help us ‘seek first his Kingdom and his righteousness’ by living the kind of Kingdom lives that draw others towards the King.

 

Our vision

is for Kingdom living, Kingdom learning and Kingdom leading


Our task

is shaping leaders of Christ-like character in community for a missional church


Our commitment

is to Kingdom values

Community life


Relationship is at the core of the gospel message, so it’s no surprise that people often judge the truth and value of that message by the quality and integrity of the community which proclaims it.

We seek to practice the values of Christ’s kingdom in every part of life at Trinity, from coffee breaks and mealtimes to chapel services, lectures, pastoral groups, and the placement experiences students share together. That’s not an easy task, but we invite you to join us in it—come and get stuck into a community seeking to bear witness to Christ’s coming kingdom.

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